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CECAFA Regional AFCON U-17 & U-20 Qualifiers: South Sudan U-20 Drawn In Group B While U-17 In Group A

The South Sudan U-20 Team during their first training session at Buluk Training Center.

The South Sudan under aged teams have now known their group opponents as the Council for East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) conducted this year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations regional draws on Wednesday 28th October 2020 ahead of the Zonal Championships Qualifiers.

The Bright Starlets U-20 have been pooled in group B alongside 2019 finalist debutantes Uganda, with Burundi and Eritrea completing the grouping. In 2019 South Sudan was in the same group C with Burundi with it’s opening group match ending in 3-3 draw. 

The South Sudan National U-20 Team while in Njeru Jinja during the 2019 CECAFA U-20 Qualifiers

The Council for East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) as the organising body, conducted the draws via Zoom with the main ceremony at Nyayo stadium, Kenya.

The U-20 CECAFA regional AFCON Qualifiers will be staged in the Tanzanian administrative city of Dar Es Salam from 22nd November – 6th December 2020. Tanzania are the defending Champions of CECAFA U-20 Championship.

Meanwhile the U-17 CECAFA regional Qualifiers will take place in Rwanda from 13th to 28th December 2020 and South Sudan Young Stars (U-17) will also take part.  The South Sudan U-17 is drawn in group A alongside Burundi, Eritrea, Uganda. The Burundi Football Federation did not submit an U-17 team making a total of 9 teams to compete in the U-17 category.   The Uganda Cubs are the defending Champions 

South Sudan U-17 while in Tanzania in 2018

During its Executive sitting in 2019, CAF decided to change the format of the Under age qualifiers, this will be the first time that U-20 teams qualified to the final tournament through their respective regions.

It should be noted that the U-17 and U-20 final tournaments will be held in Morocco and Mauritania respectively.

The South Sudan head coach Simon James Yor who summoned 64 players into his provisional squad on Friday  23rd October 2020 has taken his team through a locally organized tournament, winning all the 3 matches. The team played twice with the South Sudan Cup holder Al Rabita FC beating them 3-2 on day and 4-2 on day two after beating Merreikh by 2-0 in their opening encounter. 

Full draws.

Under 20.

The South Sudan U-20 Team Photo: SSFA Media Team Celebrating a goal

Group A. Tanzania (host), Rwanda and Somalia.

Group B. Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan and Uganda.

Group C. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan.

Under 17.

Group A. Rwanda (host), Eritrea, South Sudan.

Group B. Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya.

Group C. Sudan, Djibouti, Tanzania.

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